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Department Policies
General Policies
1. Required science courses may only be repeated once. The total number of withdrawals that a student may have from required science courses is two. Any withdrawal after the first two will be considered a failure.

2. In order to begin the clinical component (NURS 229) of the nursing curriculum, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 by the end of the first semester of sophomore year. The student must also have successfully completed all pre-requisites. A grade of C+ or higher must be attained in all required science and nursing courses, Once the student enters the “clinical” component of the curriculum (NURS 229), the student is only permitted to repeat one nursing or required science course. A second failure (below a grade of C+) will result in dismissal from the Nursing Department.

3. Because of the importance of accountability and personal responsibility in the nursing profession, absences in the classroom, and in experiential learning and in clinical experience must be related to acute physical illness or family crises. The student must notify the instructor of an absence prior to the start of the clinical day. The student must also leave a message with the Department of Nursing at the Riverdale campus for those enrolled there or the Mid-Manhattan site for those enrolled there. In Preceptorship, in the event of an absence, the student must inform their preceptor and faculty advisor.

4. Students must attend a mandatory “to begin clinical” meeting before the first clinical course (NURS 229).

5. All requirements for Health Clearance must be fulfilled no later than 2 months prior to the beginning of their first clinical course (NURS 229) and then annually. If these dates are not adhered to, students will not be allowed to continue in the clinical course.. All students must be certified in CPR before beginning clinical, have completed FIT and color vision testing and have a background check and urine for toxicology testing.

6. Senior students who have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in graduate core courses with permission of their Academic Advisor and the Director of the Department of Nursing.

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Transfer Students
Nursing students transferring into CMSV must have earned a minimum grade of “B” in all required science courses transferred into the college. If the grade is below a “B” the student has the option to repeat the required science course at CMSV and must achieve a minimum grade of “C+” or achieve a minimum grade of “B” at another institution and be approved by the Chair of the appropriate CMSV science department.

Grades earned in any required science course taken more than five years from the date of application must be evaluated by the Chair of the respective science department. The college reserves the right to mandate assessment and appropriate placement in courses considered essential for satisfactory academic progress.

Applicants who have been accepted into the College’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing as transfer students or second degree students should carefully consider the following guidelines for enrollment into clinical courses before accepting the College’s offer of admission and before paying a tuition deposit to confirm their intent to register for the anticipated entry term:

1. Registration into clinical courses cannot occur until a student has satisfied EACH of the following pre-requisites:
a. the student has earned a minimum of 60 credits at the College or has had a minimum of 60 credits transferred into the College;

b. the student has earned the required minimum grade for all the required science pre-requisite courses within 5 years of beginning clinical courses. The required pre-requisite courses include Anatomy & Physiology I & II, General, Organic and Biochemistry. The minimum grade for all required science courses is “C+” if the course is taken at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, or a grade of “B” if taken at another institution.

c. the student’s cumulative grade point index is 3.0
2. Nursing clinical courses begin in the spring semester.

3. Clinical placement availability for entering transfer students cannot be guaranteed for the semester immediately following a students’ acceptance into the Nursing Program.

4. As clinical placements become available, fully qualified students will be enrolled into clinical courses following a priority ranking based on GPA and Enrollment date.

This set of guidelines is necessary for the orderly and fair accommodation of fully qualified nursing students into the College’s limited number of clinical placements.  

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